the magical statues of Hampton Court
The magical statues of Hampton Court Palace
The King's beasts of Hampton Court
myth and magic at Hampton Court
Hector's Midsummer Madness    Jo Rutherford

"They do say that Shakespeare came to Hampton Court on Midsummer's Eve to see the magical statues come to life, but because the event is a very private affair, he did not see the magic, and so instead wrote Midsummer Night's Dream."


Summer visitors to the Park watch a band of young actors perform the Shakespeare play 'Midsummer Night's Dream', a comedy telling how the Queen of the Fairies fell in love with a donkey.  Humphrey the Lord of the Hampton deer and Head of the Herd finds the play absolutely ridiculous.  He stamps his hoof during the performance and bellows loudly, "The queen of the fairies would never fall in love with an old donkey, not when the park is so full of such handsome deer with such magnificent crowns of horns."


Hector's midsummer madness Jo Rutherford 2010

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The Crowned Lion of England

The Tudor Dragon

The King’s Crowned LionThe Royal Dragon
The Seymour UnicornThe Richmond Greyhound
The Seymour UnicornThe Richmond Greyhound
The Seymour PantherThe Beaufort Yale
The Mortimer PantherThe Beaufort Yale
The Royal DragonBlack Bull of Clarence
The Tudor DragonThe Clarence Black Bull
The Mortimer PantherMortimer Lion
The Seymour PantherThe Mortimer Lion

The King's Beasts

The King’s Beasts are the ten statues guarding the gateway bridge at the Palace.  They are the family emblems of the King, Henry VIII, and of the family of his new wife, Jane Seymour.  The Beasts are the King’s crowned Lion, the Royal dragon, the Tudor dragon, the Richmond greyhound, the Mortimer lion, the Beaufort yale, the Clarence black bull, the Mortimer panther, the Seymour panther, and the Seymour unicorn.


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